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Braille/Tactile Posters

As part of the "From Earth to the Universe" (FETTU) project, a NASA-funded tactile and Braille poster series for the visually impaired community was launched in 2009. These posters are accessible to both visually impaired and sighted readers. The materials present celestial objects as they appear through visible-light telescopes and in different spectral regions that are invisible to the naked eye. The posters use a combination of Braille and large-format traditional text, and a variety of tactile textures and symbols are shown to represent different physical features and characteristics of the images.

Within the set are the following:

VISIBLE SUN 17.25" x 18.25" Sun
ULTRA VIOLET SUN 17.25" x 18.25" Crab Nebula
ETA CARINAE 17.25" x 18.25" Eta Carinae
WHIRLPOOL 17.25" x 18.25" Whirlpool
KINDS OF LIGHT 34.5" x 18" Kinds of Light

Please Note: These materials are available to educators for use with their organizations. We cannot fill requests for personal use. On the request form, you must clearly indicate the full name (no abbreviations or acronymns) of the educational institution, library, museum, or other educational or amateur astronomy organization for which these materials are being requested, and state your position in it. Our shipping department requires a minimum of two (2) weeks for to process your order.

FETTU Visually Impaired Activity Guide Additional Resources Please email us feedback on this project with the following evaluation form:
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More information on the project is available at